Alberta Premiers of the Twentieth Century by Bradford J. Bradford J.

By Bradford J. Bradford J.

;From the optimism linked to provincial prestige in 1905, in the course of the trials of melancholy and warfare, the increase instances of the post-war interval, and the commercial vagaries of the Nineteen Eighties and the Nineteen Nineties, the 20 th century was once a time of development and complication, improvement and alter, for Alberta and its humans. and through the century, twelve males, from numerous political events and from very diversified backgrounds, led the govt of this province.

The names of some--like William Aberhart, Ernest Manning, and Peter Lougheed--are nonetheless family names, whereas others--like Arthur Sifton, Herbert Greenfield and Richard Reid--have been all yet forgotten. but every one in his certain manner, for greater or for worse, helped to mildew and steer the future of the province he ruled. those are their stories.-Amazon.ca

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1909). Though raised on a farm, and himself a farmer intermittently until the 1880s, John Sifton sought other ways to secure his fortune, including producing and refining oil at Oil Springs and Petrolia in Lambton County, Canada West, and eventually railway contracting. Arthur and his younger brother Clifford (b. 1861) were educated in various public schools and eventually at the private boys’ school in Dundas before attending high school in London. A devoted Wesleyan Methodist, their father was committed to the Reform (later Liberal) Party politics of George Brown and Alexander Mackenzie.

22 The telephone system may have made a profit on operations, but in general the province’s financial resources were strapped because of rapid growth and the need for railway access to northern districts. Many Albertans believed that at least part of the solution would be for the province to control its own Crown lands and natural resources. In 1870 the Conservative government of Sir John A. Macdonald had decided, when it created Manitoba, to keep control of lands and resources in order to facilitate the national project of western development.

Several of the dissident Liberals supported him. So much for there being a new spirit of unity amongst provincial Liberals. B. Bennett, who at the time was not only a Conservative MLA but also the solicitor for the Royal Bank. The proposed legislation, he declared, “was highway robbery”; the province had no legal right to do what it proposed. The banks refused to pay, so the province sued for the money. The Alberta courts twice sustained the province, which persuaded the federal government not to disallow the legislation.

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